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Sentivel event in healthcare

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has mandated that organizations have policies in place by January 2009 for codes of conduct for employees. Evaluate the Sentinel Event article (The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, 2008) provided in the readings above and write a detailed discussion describing the policy. Include:

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(1) Sentinel Event description

(2) Purpose for event reporting

(3) What authority does The Joint Commission have to make such a mandate?

(4) What happens to a facility that does not comply?

(5) If you work for an organization, even it is not health care, is there a code of conduct policy in place?

(6) Do you know about it?

(7) Have you been oriented on the policy? If so, has anyone had to report an incident?

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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide voluntary accreditation. The JCAHO accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Health care organizations and programs may need to obtain the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval? as part of the legal and regulatory requirements to obtain a license or operational permit in the state. Failing a Joint Commission visit and thus accreditation carries the possibility of losing ...

Solution Summary

An article on JCAHO's new addition to the sentinel event policies is enclosed with questions. Solution involves discussion of the the sentinel event as it applies to healthcare, the new "Leadership Standard" and JCAHO's authority in healthcare.